The NYC Fashion Industry: Keeping It Local

(DGIwire) – Over the past few decades, the fashion industry’s intimate relationship with New York City has evolved in exciting ways. For example, there was the louche, sexy 1970s Studio 54 era; the All-American workwear period of the ’80s; the rise of minimalism and grunge courtesy of the ’90s; and today’s crop of designers, whose wares appeal to everyone from Upper East Side socialites to club kids. As different as they may be, their legacies have all become part of the “fabric” of the city.

According to a recent article in Harper’s Bazaar, local government is aiming to keep NYC fashion local. New York’s Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen, is overseeing the Made in NY Initiative, which has grown to include the fashion industry. Recognizing the economic might of the fashion sector—which comprises 185,000 jobs and $11.6 billion in wages within the five boroughs—the city is investing via initiatives such as a $74 million new building for the Fashion Institute of Technology. Additionally, the city is working on a $10 million investment in Sunset Park’s Bush Terminal complex in Brooklyn, to transform part of it to a state-of-the-art fashion manufacturing hub.

Meanwhile, the New York City Economic Development Corporation has teamed with the Council of Fashion Designers of America on the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, which aims to revive manufacturing in the city by providing grants to New York-based operations, reports Harper’s Bazaar. Also turning a spotlight on New York designs—and a major part of the Made in NY Initiative—is its official certification program, which recognizes those companies that do at least 75 percent of their production in the city.

“New York City and the fashion industry have grown up together, and it is very inspiring to see local government involved in a series of initiatives to keep this sector of its economy healthy,” says Rebecca Cenni, founder and CEO of Atrium Staffing. “As long as the Big Apple is home to so much of the fashion industry, it will continue to attract top talent into a wide range of jobs at fashion houses large and small.”

Atrium is a New York City-based talent solutions firm, focused on providing contingent workforce solutions for mid-size and Fortune 500 companies in nearly every industry. Atrium’s expertise includes regional Temporary and Direct Hire Staffing, national Payrolling Services, national Independent Contractor Compliance and Intern Program Design. The company has extensive experience matching the right candidates for a range of positions within a variety of industries.

“Fashion houses looking to recruit and retain the highest-quality workers should look to see what a staffing agency with longtime experience in the sector can do for them,” Cenni adds.